America’s obsession with the British royal family seems to have kicked into overdrive recently, thanks to the combination of two new royal babies (George and Charlotte, offspring of William and Kate) and the 20th Anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Earlier this month, ABC News presented The Last 100 Days of Diana, and we can expect another documentary about her on HBO later this year. Royal fever has also undoubtedly increased thanks to The Crown on Netflix, and Victoria on PBS.
It's not just television either. Stories about the Windsors grace the covers of American magazines on a regular basis—everything from In Touch to Vanity Fair (the latter being borderline obsessive about its royalty coverage, even when it comes to bit-players like Pippa Middleton)—regardless of the fact that the British royal family have little to nothing to do with the United States.
Almost all American coverage of England's monarchy is consistently reverential and keen. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit like everyone is scared to step off that path, lest they be in violation of some obscure royal protocol. Thankfully, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight has offered a hilarious exception to the rule:
The key thing to note, in regards to Oliver, is that not only is he one of the only journalists in America offering a critical look at the monarchy, he also happens to be English himself. He is a reflection of the fact that, while America frequently assumes that the UK is packed, coast-to-coast, with people who adore the Queen and her extended family, the truth is a lot more complicated.